Senior inside receiver Dwayne Harris tallied 134 all-purpose yards, bringing his total to 1,317 in the past eight games dating to 2009 - an average of 164.6 yards per contest. He has also added 10 touchdowns during that span.
Harris, already the ECU career leader in receptions (198) and receiving yards (2,236), hauled in eight passes for 64 yards. He has caught at least one pass in 35-straight games, the second-longest streak at the FBS level, trailing only Colorado's Scotty McKnight (40). Harris also has two or more catches in 28 consecutive contests.
Harris'second-quarter, 39-yard touchdown pass to junior outside receiver Joe Womack was Harris'second career TD toss as he also had an 80-yard scoring strike to Jamar Bryant at UTEP Oct. 13, 2007. For his career, Harris has now completed 3-of-7 passes for 154 yards.
It was Womack's first career TD and he has also caught a pass from Harris during the past two games at North Carolina.
Harris extended his streak to eight-straight games accounting for a touchdown, but his streak of consecutive games with a TD reception was snapped at five.
Sophomore Lamar McLendon made his first career start, at strongside linebacker. McLendon went on to tie for second on the team in tackles with a career-high eight (six solo). His previous best was two against UAB Nov. 21, 2009.
Junior inside receiver Michael Bowman tied his career highs set against Memphis Sept. 11 with five receptions for 35 yards, bringing his total to 16 catches for 96 yards in his past five games against Arkansas, Tulsa, Memphis, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. He made only two catches for 20 yards in his career prior to the 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Bowman added a season-long 14-yard rush in the third quarter, tied for the Pirates'longest rush of the game.
After recording six receptions for 48 yards in the past two games, junior inside receiver Lance Lewis caught five passes for 38 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter alone.
Lewis finished the game with a career-high nine receptions for 68 yards
Sophomore outside receiver Andrew Bodenheimer's three catches (18 yds.) extended his streak to six-straight games with two or more receptions.
Senior running back Jonathan Williams caught four passes (38 yds.) to bring his reception total to 17 for 125 yards over his past three games. Those are the third-highest totals for a running back over a three-contest stretch in ECU program history.
In 2005, Chris Johnson accumulated 18 receptions for 209 yards against West Virginia, Southern Miss and Rice. In 1995, Jerris McPhail also hauled in 18 passes for 205 yards facing Syracuse, Central Michigan and Illinois.
Williams also returned two kickoffs (43 yds.) during the game. For his career against North Carolina, Williams returned six kickoffs for 166 yards (27.7 yds./ret.), including a long of 63 as a freshman in 2007.
Junior quarterback Dominique Davis accounted for one of the team's two offensive touchdowns. This season, Davis has accounted for 13 of the team's 18 offensive TDs.
Davis entered the day leading the country in points per game accounted for (24.0).
Davis continued his strong first-quarter performances going 14-of-17 for 93 yards and a touchdown. In his past three opening quarters, he has completed 36-of-43 passes (83.7) for 308 yards and three touchdowns.
After throwing just one interception in the first two games of the season, Davis has thrown five in the past two contests.
Davis attempted a career-high 51 passes to become the first ECU quarterback to throw 50 or more times since Rob Kass (50) against N.C. State Oct. 20, 2007.
Freshman Michael Dobson returned his first career kickoff in the fourth quarter, good for seven yards.
Junior punter Ben Ryan's second-quarter punt went for a personal-long 59 yards. It was the first punt of over 50 yards in his career.
Junior cornerback Emanuel Davis collected six tackles, bringing his average over the past 11 games to 6.8 stops per contest.
Harris'eight receptions moved him past Sherrod Gideon (Southern Miss/193/1996-99) and Jeremy Williams
(Tulane/197/2006-09) and into 13th on the Conference USA all-time list. Harris now has 198 career receptions.
Harris'134 all-purpose yards today moved him past Emmanuel Sanders (SMU/4,596/2006-09) and into 12th on the Conference USA alltime list. Harris now has 4,654 all-purpose yards in his career.
Finally, Harris'64 kickoff return yards moved him past Ketric Sanford (Houston/1,705/1996-99) into 14th on the Conference USA all-time list. Harris has 1,718 kickoff return yards in his career. He is also 14th in league history with 69 career kickoff returns.
With the Loss
With the loss, ECU has:
Won six of the past nine, eight of the past 12 and 10 of the past 15 games
Won five (of 14) games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents since 2006
Won six (of 22) games against BCS opponents since 2005
The loss puts the Pirates at 2-2. It is only the third time since 2002 ECU has had a non-losing record through the season's first four contests.
ECU was 2-2 in 2009 and 3-1 in 2008.
North Carolina holds a 10-2-1 lead in the all-time series with today's victory. The Tar Heels have won six of the past seven meetings with the only loss being a 34-31 setback in Greenville, Sept. 8, 2007.
The Pirates fall to 28-65-1 (.303) all time against current members of the ACC.
ECU falls to 19-37-1 (.342) all-time against in-state Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly I-A) opponents.
Despite suffering consecutive losses to North Carolina and Virginia Tech, Ruffin McNeill became the eighth head coach in program history to have a non-losing record through his first four games along the sidelines with ECU and the first since Steve Logan went 2-2 in 1992. McNeill served as Logan's defensive line coach that season.
The other six head coaches: Bo Farley (1936/2-2), John Christenbury (1940/3-1), Jim Johnson (1946/2-1-1), McNeill's
coach at East Carolina, Pat Dye (1974/3-1), Art Baker (1985/2-2) and Bill Lewis (1989/3-0-1).
The Pirates have faced 22 opponents (6-16) from automatic BCS qualifying conferences in the past six years, 19 in the regular season.
The six wins against BCS opponents are the seventh most nationally by a non-Bowl Championship Series program since
The Pirates begin nonconference play 0-2. The past two seasons while winning back-to-back Conference USA Championships, ECU went 3-5 in regular-season nonleague action, including a 1-3 mark in 2009.
The Pirates failed to force a turnover for the first time since Nov. 10, 2007 at Marshall, a streak of 33-straight games.
With Lamar McLendon making his first career start, at strongside linebacker, 16 Pirates, seven offensive and nine defensive, have made their initial starts in 2010.
East Carolina scored its 18th offensive touchdown of the season today. In 2009, the Pirates did not reach the 18-touchdown mark until the seventh game of the season.
ECU scored in all but the fourth quarter of today's game and have scored in 14 of the 16 quarters this season with the lone miss being the final frames at Virginia Tech and North Carolina.
The Pirates scored first during a road/neutral site contest for the 11th-straight time (the last game at Virginia Tech, all seven in 2009, the final two in 2008). The last time ECU did not have the initial score was at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 22, 2008, when UAB's Joe Webb had a three-yard TD run in the first quarter.
Overall, East Carolina has scored first in eight of the past nine games with the only time falling behind early being a firstquarter touchdown by Houston's James Cleveland in last season's Conference USA Championship game.
At the end of the first quarter, East Carolina and North Carolina were tied 7-7. It was the first time this season the Pirates had not held the advantage after the opening quarter. ECU has outscored its opponents 55-24.
The teams entered the half tied at 14. It was the first time this season the Pirates had not held the advantage at the break.
Dominique Davis' first-quarter touchdown pass extended ECU's streak to six-straight games with a scoring pass.
Davis' second-quarter interception was returned 46 yards for a touchdown by Da'Norris Searcy. It marked consecutive contests where the opponent has returned a pick for a score. Virginia Tech's Rashad Carmichael returned one for 68 yards Sept. 18.
The 54-yard rush by Johnny White in the third quarter was the longest rush given up by ECU this season. The previous long was 31 yards by Damaris Johnson in the season opener.
White (140) and Shaun Draughn (137) also became the first running backs to surpass 100 yards rushing since Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams Nov. 5, 2009. It marked the first time East Carolina had given up 100 or more yards rushing to two players since Sept. 17, 2005, at Wake Forest (Chris Barclay, 210/Micah Andrews, 142).
With today's three rushing touchdowns by North Carolina, the Pirates have given up seven ground scores in the past two games.
With its 2-of-2 redzone performance today, East Carolina improved to 15-of-15 this season when inside the opponents'20-yard line.
The Pirates entered the game as one of 10 schools (Stanford, Nevada, Oklahoma State, Duke, Illinois, Memphis,
Washington, San Jose State and Vanderbilt) to have 100% redzone efficiency.
The Pirates have also made the most of their 15 redzone trips, scoring 12 touchdowns.
For the first time this season, East Carolina was involved in a game in which neither team reached 49 points. The Pirates have scored 49 or more twice (Tulsa and Memphis) and given up 49 or more twice (Tulsa and Virginia Tech).
With 100+ return yards (148 yds.), the Pirates snapped their streak at seven-straight wins when surpassing the 100-yard mark. The last loss was a 28-21 setback at SMU Oct. 10, 2009.
The Pirates recorded 250+ passing yards (283) and lost.
ECU has lost its past two contests, against Virginia Tech and North Carolina, when surpassing 250 aerial yards after
winning eight-straight games in 2009 and the start of 2010 when reaching 250 or more passing yards.
With Justin Dixon's sack in the second quarter, ECU has recorded at least one quarterback drop in 18 of the past 21 games.
After recording an interception in 23 of 28 games, ECU has failed to pick off a pass in the past two contests.
With its first-quarter touchdown, ECU extended its streak to a school-record 159 games without suffering a shutout.